In 2013, Holly Sherman and Sharon Webber came together to create The Haven at College. Identifying that recovery and sobriety is not something you have to wait for, these two women had the goal of creating a space of young adults in recovery to find a fresh start. Havens were opened on college campuses across the country to help facilitate young sober people going back to school and starting their lives! The Haven at Drexel quickly became a weekend hub for young adults looking for sobriety. There is something magical about walking into a college house on a Saturday night to find 60 plus college aged kids sober and enjoying life. It instantly breaks stigma and challenges the belief that you are too young to get sober.
Jessica Corrar was the original Program Director at The Haven at Drexel in 2013. She was an integral part of bringing the Haven to Philadelphia from California. After getting sober at seventeen, Jess saw the importance of advocating for resources for college students struggling with substance use in college. Liz Ferris was a resident at The Haven at Drexel in 2014. After graduating with an MSW from Bryn Mawr College, Liz returned to the Haven at Drexel as their most recent Program Director.
Understanding the importance The Haven has held for the young adult community in Philadelphia, Jess & Liz have teamed up together to continue The Haven legacy in a more localized direction. We are excited to continue to offer the same level of care and support for the students at Haven by providing a safe living environment.
Hey everyone! I am both an alumni and former employee of The Haven at Drexel. When I showed up at The Haven I had about three pages worth of transcripts and 50 credits to show for it. I had no idea what I was doing, but the idea of going back to school gave me a sense of purpose and self esteem I had not felt in a long time. With the help of the community of students already living at the house, I was able to apply and attend Drexel University. With the skills I learned while living at The Haven, I went on to grad school and completed a Masters in Social Work. Currently, I am a therapist working with adolescents and young adults and am ecstatic to continue on as the Program Director at PCR Haven!
PCR Haven is a special place for young adults in recovery to hang out, meet each other and see that recovery is possible and worth it! We’re excited to be able to offer everything the Haven has been for us these last seven years.
I know from firsthand experience the challenges navigating both the stressors and successes associated with the college experience as a student in recovery. During my time obtaining my BS at Drexel University, I sought to address a need for a clearer pathway to meet and support other recovering students by forming a collegiate recovery group. Being a part of this community was an integral part of my success at school. That is why, after graduating with my MSW from University of Pennsylvania, I was motivated to seek out others who were pioneering Collegiate Recovery Communities. I feel incredibly lucky to have connected with The Haven at College through that experience, who provided us with the opportunity to start a Haven community here in University City, where I served as the first Program Director. I have consistently been in awe of the power and resilience of this community ever since.
I plan to utilize the knowledge I have gained in my social work journey as a provider, supervisor and administrator to continue to support this community. I am honored to partner with Liz to support the operations of PCR Haven to ensure this community is accessible to students both now and in the future!
I am currently a business finance student in long term recovery, and utilize my past to assist newly sober individuals in navigating everything from sobriety, work, school and beyond. I live by the mantra, “Life’s a garden, dig it!” I believe in making the best out of life even during the worst of times. My journey before my current role in Philadelphia allowed me to cultivate a large network in the treatment community, serve as an event speaker, collaborate with other recovery residences as well as University Administrators and help facilitate the creation of a new recovery house for young adults in Maryland.
I love what I do. My hope is my past experiences can help others around me struggling with some of the same things I have. When I witness someone overcome addiction it is not only beautiful but helps me as well. Outside of work you might find me snowboarding, working on cars, going to the gym, or seeing live music!
As a former college student starting my journey in recovery in Philadelphia, I used the Haven as a resource to navigate the collegiate landscape and it helped me tremendously. I graduated Drexel University with my Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Clinical Psychological Research in 2019. After working in various capacities in mental health over the last few years, I am excited to support this community using my personal, professional and educational experience. Additionally, as a woman of color in recovery I am looking forward to helping to expand this community to include people of various backgrounds and ethnicities.